Already in the precoronic era, Ben Hermans makes sure that he does everything he can to stay healthy. That certainly does not diminish. Hermans is also preparing for his first race in a long time, although his thoughts are mainly with his wife and the baby that is coming.
He prefers to be in the car to make a move, on Monday he still takes the plane to avoid losing time. “Not that I’m afraid to fly, because I think it’s safer now. There used to be less hygiene.” Hermans is also not afraid of the circumstances surrounding the race. “I think you should be more afraid here in a shopping center than in a course abroad where everyone keeps the necessary distance.”
In any case, the rider of Israel Start-Up Nation takes his precautions. “Since 2014, I’ve always brought a canister of disinfectant foam that kills even more bacteria and viruses than alcohol gel. All major teams have been doing that for a long time. I disinfect my hands everywhere every day. If you don’t want to get sick, you have no other choice. But maybe that goes a bit in the direction of fear of blemish. ”
He is currently elsewhere with his thoughts, because Hermans will soon become a father for a second time. “My wife An is very pregnant. I can’t think of the baby being born next week while I’m racing in Burgos. I hope it happens by Monday. Then I leave with confidence to Spain for a special course, the first since my complex shoulder fracture in the Tour Down Under. ”